Notices to Fish Harvesters

Halibut - 4RST - Gaspe-Lower St. Lawrence - Fixed Gear 13.71m and over - ITQ - Longliners

Conservation Harvesting Plan (2020-06-16)






Gaspé – June 16, 2020


Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region announces the management measures into the 4RST Atlantic Halibut Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over under Individual transferable quotas (ITQ) regime approved June 16, 2020.


According to the permanent sharing agreement of the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over, the initial allocation granted to the Gaspé longliners is 262.060 t while the one granted to the Others group is 39,539 t.


The fishery will be authorized from June 18, 2020 until October 31, 2020 with a maximum of 8000 hooks, used or aboard the vessel.

Hook Size project and Simultaneous Groundfish fisheries

Please note that the use of hooks with a legal opening equal to or greater than 12.6 mm and with at least 50% of the hooks used having a legal opening equal to or greater than 15.4 mm under the hook size pilot project is not permitted in 2020-2021. Fish harvesters are permitted to use only hooks with a legal hook opening of 15.4 mm or greater.


Please note that simultaneous fishing for groundfish species is not permitted in 2020-2021 during the same fishing trip.

Temporary closure for Atlantic Halibut directed fishery

Please note that for the 2020-2021 season, fishing for Atlantic halibut is prohibited in parts of NAFO divisions 4R and 4S where water depth is less than 201.2 meters (110 fathoms), for all Gaspésie fixed gear fleets due to high cod bycatch except the Gaspé Longliners group. Additional measures may be required during the season to limit cod bycatch.


Licence holders are advised of the continued temporary closure of part of the 4T division, considering the excessive by-catch of cod previously observed. This area will remain closed until further notice, and is bounded by straight lines delineated by the following points:

1.          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W

2.          48°31’00" N   62°37’00" W

3.          48°23’00" N   63°08’00" W

4.          48°46’00" N   64°10’00" W

5.          49°02’00" N   64°10’00" W


Gear marking

DFO reminds fishers that as of 2020, licence holders using fixed gear must mark the rope used to attach a fishing gear to a primary buoy with colours specific to the region, targeted species and fishing area in which they are authorized to fish. The following coloured markings are required for groundfish fleets using longline: green and pink.


The minimum requirements regarding the number and position of colour markings are specified in the Conditions of licence. For more details, all the information on gear marking measures has been published in the January 31th, 2020 Notice to Fish Harvesters, available at the following link:

Licence conditions

To obtain Conditions of Licence, fishers must access the National Licensing System online. For assistance with the National On-Line Licensing System, please contact Client Support by phone at 1-877-535-7307 or by e-mail at

Other management measures

The other management measures are grouped in the Conservation Harvesting Plan (CHP) 2019-2021 for 4RST Atlantic halibut, 4RST Greenland halibut and 3Pn4RS cod of the Gaspé fixed gear fleet of 13.71 m and over approved on June 16 2020.


At the time of publication of this advisory and CHP, no electronic logbook application is available for the Atlantic halibut fishery. As a result, licence holders must obtain their Combined Forms booklet as specified in the CHP.


For more information

You can obtain additional information concerning the management measures and the fishing areas on our website at For more information, please call 1-877-898-5559

Steve Trottier

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Quebec City, (Quebec)


Caroline Leclerc

Resources Management

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Gaspé–Lower St. Lawrence Area


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